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Aries March 21-April 19
Use the first Mercury Retrograde phase of the year to tie up loose ends and complete lingering not-quite-finished projects. That list could include organizing closets, drawers, and desks, finishing applications with deadlines that are almost overdue, or tackling edits you just can’t get to.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You can use the coming few weeks of Mercury Retrograde to declare peace—your own unilateral treaty to refrain from engaging or indulging in negative thinking or speaking. Create your own moratorium on negativity and only participate in activities that are positive. It won’t be easy, but you can do it.
Gemini May 21-June 21
There’s a lot to contemplate during this retrograde phase, some of which is related to our collective condition, but much of which is about taking a personal inventory of what you’ve left behind and what you would like to move toward. Honor your emotions and grieve when necessary—it will help you heal.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Use this retrograde to identify what areas of life you can comfortably manage and what you need to simply let go of. I’m not suggesting you spend the next several weeks singing “Let It Go,” but I am advising you to embrace a similar attitude with all sorts of things that are hard to handle or are holding you back.
Leo July 23-August 22
Mercury Retrogrades are not usually about relationships, but for you this one is, so don’t be surprised if you hear from old significant others you thought had faded away. Should you not hear from anyone make it a point to contemplate old patterns with an eye toward how you can improve all your interactions.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Mercury Retrograde focuses on caretaking but not necessarily taking care of others. This phase is about focusing on self-care and improving how you take care of yourself. Are you getting enough rest? Meditating regularly? Exercising? Pushing too hard? Take stock and make the necessary adjustments.
Libra September 23-October 22
These next several weeks are best spent reviewing and revisiting creative projects that you’ve been longing to immerse yourself in. Have at it—and remember to take your time. There are lots of details that need attention and remarkably, taking care of those details engenders deep satisfaction.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You’re just going to have do something about those mood swings, especially if they are keeping you from making the most of this Mercury Retrograde phase. Let nothing keep you from cleaning out papers, clothes, furniture, and any other type of pile you may have lying around waiting for this perfect rainy day.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
There are a lot of conversations that need to happen during this retrograde, so don’t be shy about speaking your mind. Try to keep your interactions nonjudgmental, but don’t let that stop you from being passionate. If you’re honest and open, even if you experience pushback, you’ll work through it.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
As you review and reflect on all that’s transpired in your life, you might be amazed at just how much has shifted and just how much you’ve changed. Mercury Retrograde isn’t necessarily about making more changes, but it is about gathering wisdom from all your recent experiences.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Mercury Retrograde facilitates a personal review that’s focused on how you want to modify your public persona. While this process could include a haircut, new clothes, and other things we usually associate with how we are seen, it can also include a review of how you speak with others and share your ideas.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Mercury Retrograde takes you on a psychological journey, inviting you to reflect on what has informed your recent choices. This will only be a difficult journey if you brood over your mistakes. Make this a balanced review by concentrating on what you got right. A positive attitude will protect you from becoming a hostage of a brain worm.